Indian Railways sets July 23 deadline to set right Itarsi fire meltdown

By Binoo Nair

The Railways has now set July 23 as the deadline to clear the massive operational snarl that has afflicted its trains since a fire destroyed the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) system at Itarsi station near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

By Thursday evening, statistics made available to dna by the Railway ministry showed that a total of 1035 trains had been cancelled since the fire hit the RRI system early morning on June 17.

The RRI system is an electronic mechanism comprising points and signals that allows trains to operate in real time and the knocking out of the RRI means trains are being piloted and cleared from Itarsi junction in a manual way- with flags etc- used almost half a century ago, said Railway officials. More info

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